Friday Happy Hour: Design Your Own Theme Restaurant

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Congratulations! You've inherited a large sum of money from a distant relative you didn't know existed. One catch, though—you must use a portion of your fortune to launch a chain of theme restaurants. (Your relative was a little out there.) What would your restaurant's theme be? (You can pick a time in history, an obscure hobby, a different professional wrestling commentator, etc.)

(We'll send a free mental_floss t-shirt to the most creative budding restaurateur.)

2. Based on my (non-scientific) study, 96% of internet discussion revolves around hating things. (You'd be surprised how many YouTube videos there are featuring people blowing up Elmo dolls.) To provide a tiny bit of counterbalance, tell us about something you really like. Or several things. I'll go first: this old apple farm called Wightman Farms in Morristown, New Jersey, Ivan Maisel's college football podcast, and Ida Pearle's customer service. (She designs prints for kids' rooms; ours arrived with a broken frame, and she has gone well above and way beyond to make it up to us.)

3. Colleges are known for offbeat courses (See: "Goldberg's Canon: Makin' Whoopi"), but occasionally I'll hear stories about a high school teacher who just happened to have an expertise in something you wouldn't normally teach high school kids, like soap opera history or running a haberdashery. What's the weirdest class your high school offered?

4. I've mentioned before that one of my dream freelance jobs is running a pet-naming consultantcy. No progress on that front to date. So even though we've probably covered this topic before, what's the strangest pet name you've ever heard?

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]

How To Make A Snow Globe Cocktail

Nothing gets people into the holiday spirit quite like snow globes… and booze. So, the Snow Globe Cocktail makes perfect sense.

Brought to us by , the festive cocktail is created with a few simple ingredients and supplies. Please resist the urge to shake it up. Instructions here.

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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!


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